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804 The trip through Wyoming, the state with the lowest population, was somewhat boring. Wyoming as symbol for the Wild West was simply traveling through expan- sive prairie country with strong winds. Winds that were so strong, that we had to ride in an inclined position for miles to cross this state, in fact, so strong that we occasionally left the road unintentionally. Absolutely flat countryside and gentle hills alternate. Very few trees, little ag- riculture, very windy... a steppe without trees, well: the Great Plains. We reached northeastern Colorado and thus the Rocky Mountains. The elevation of Colorado averages approx. 2000m above sea level, which actually means snow in June. Following the 77km long winding Trail Ridge Road, which takes us from the Estes State Park to the Grande Lake through the Rocky Moun- tains National Park, we climb to a height

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